Alexander Baboian is an eclectic guitarist, composer, sound artist, and educator from Boston, currently based in Belgium. He has been described by renowned music educator Hal Crook in JazzWax as a "future major voice in jazz," and by All About Jazz as "a superb composer, an original improviser, and an apt bandleader." Alexander graduated Magna Cum Laude from Berklee College of Music in 2014, where he was awarded the Guitar Department Achievement Award twice. After graduating Alexander spent several years immersed in the vibrant art scene of Berlin, Germany, working with various forms of music and types of ensembles. His continued academic ambitions brought him to Belgium in the Fall of 2021, where he is currently studying electronic music at the Royal Conservatoire Antwerp and where his first arrangement for Jazz orchestra was premiered at the Bimhuis in Amsterdam by the Antwerp Jazz Orchestra featuring the legendary Chris Potter.
As a jazz artist and instrumentalist Alexander has appeared on stage at major venues in America, Europe, and Asia such as The Kennedy Center (US), Scullers, the Berklee Performance Center, A Trane (DE), B Flat, Kunstfabrik Schlott, Klunkerkranich, the Music Village (BE), The Bimhuis (NE), Budapest Jazz Club (HU), Cafesjian Center for the Arts (AM) Shinsekai (JP), and All That Jazz (KR); academic institutions such as MIT (US), Harvard University, Jaroslav Ježek Conservatory (CZ), and Serendip Music Academy (KR); as well as festivals such as the DC Jazz Festival (US), JEN Jazz Conference, Beantown Jazz Festival, Morgenland Festival (DE), Fusion Festival, Lamatin Jazz Festival (HU), and the Goldon Apricot Film Festival (AM). He was featured in CNN’s On The Road Armenia and in a piece by NBC News during the Pope’s visit to Yerevan in 2016.
Alexander’s debut album as a leader Curiosity (2014), featured his original compositions and arrangements for contemporary jazz trio and quintet and was well received, being described by Hrayr Attarian at All About Jazz as "an intimate, contemplative and supremely lyrical work... sonic poetry." Although his music is deeply rooted in the jazz tradition, it is rich with many other influences such as blues, soul, folk, classical, and electronic music. His broad artistic vision has lead to interdisciplinary collaborations between music and the visual arts (painter Oliver Orthuber and VJ Chuu); spoken word (Rhode Island University Annual Langston Hughes Poetry Reading); and dance (tap dancer Christopher Erk’s Tap in View and choreographer Katherine Leung’s Dreamscapes). He has contributed music to short films, animations, and video games (Capcom’s Shinsekai:Into the Depths) and participated in art installation projects (Isaac Chong Wai’s The Horizon Where We Can Never Touch at CHB Collegium Hungaricum, Berlin and Ana Prvacki’s Performing Daily Practice at the Isabella Stuart Gardener Museum, Boston).
With education as one of his foremost musical passions, Alexander has lead workshops in the US, Armenia, South Korea, The Czech Republic, and Germany. Some of the bright names in contemporary music he has had the good fortune of studying with include David Tronzo, Simon Shaheen, Alain Mallet, Jamey Haddad, David Fiuczynski, Hal Crook, Ed Tomassi, Bruce Bartlett, Phil Wilson, Greg Hopkins, Bert Joris, David Gilmore, Tim Miller, Rick Peckham, Neil Leonard, Abigail and Norman Zocher, Andrew Claes, Bert Cools, Artur Avanesov, and Marti Epstein.
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